NCDOT Looks to Drones as Coronavirus Relief Tool

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing to launch a public-private partnership that will use drones in coronavirus-related relief efforts.

State transportation officials recently announced the effort, which will rely on drones to deliver goods such as food and critical medical supplies. The initiative is conducted by NCDOT’s Division of Aviation and its private-sector partners…

Flytrex, a drone delivery company, proposes to shuttle food from restaurants in a shopping center in Holly Springs to nearby neighborhoods. Holly Springs is 20 miles southwest of Raleigh.

According to NCDOT, the initiatives in Charlotte and Winston-Salem are meant to reduce the strain on medical supply chains, while the program in Holly Springs is meant to help people comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Gov. Roy Cooper recently extended North Carolina’s stay-at-home order through May 8.